My Adventures Shopping at Hobby Lobby in Pittsburgh

Exploring the Crafting Mecca in Steel City

As an avid crafter and hobbyist, I’m always on the hunt for great deals on arts and crafts supplies. And one of my favorite go-to stores is Hobby Lobby. There’s just something about wandering the aisles of glitter, fabric, faux flowers and more that sparks my creativity. So when I found out there were multiple Hobby Lobby locations right here in Pittsburgh, PA, I knew I had to check them out.

Being new to the area, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Hobby Lobby stores in the Steel City. Would they be as good as the ones back home? Would they have as big of a selection? Would the prices be reasonable? Well, I’m happy to report that Pittsburgh’s Hobby Lobby stores live up to the chain’s reputation for crafty goodness.

Scoping Out the Store Locations

The first thing I did was look up exactly where I could find Hobby Lobby stores in the Pittsburgh area. It turns out there are three locations:

  • Hobby Lobby in Robinson – this store is located right off Route 60 in the Robinson Town Centre shopping plaza.
  • Hobby Lobby in Monroeville – this location is in Monroeville near the Miracle Mile Shopping Center off Route 22.
  • Hobby Lobby in West Mifflin – the third store can be found in Century III Mall on Lebanon Church Road.

I decided I would start my Hobby Lobby hunt at the Robinson store since it was closest to me.

Checking Out Operating Hours

Before heading over, I made sure to double check the store hours. Hobby Lobby keeps pretty standard hours from Monday through Saturday from 9am to 8pm. The stores are closed on Sundays to give employees a day of rest. This is good to know if you need to get some craft shopping done over the weekend.

When I arrived at the Robinson Hobby Lobby around 2pm on a Wednesday afternoon, the automatic doors slid open welcoming me into crafting paradise.

Crafting Classes and Workshops

One of the things I was most excited about was taking arts and crafts classes at Hobby Lobby. I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit and crochet, so I was thrilled to see that the Pittsburgh stores offer beginner knitting and crochet workshops!

For just $35 dollars you get a two hour class with an instructor guiding you through stitches, providing patterns and tips. All the tools and supplies needed for the workshop are included.

Hobby Lobby also offers regular classes on candle making, jewelry crafting, holiday crafts, painting techniques and more. The classes are reasonably priced and seem like a fun way to pick up a new hobby. I’ll definitely be signing up to learn some new DIY skills!

Checking out Current Sales and Promotions

Of course I couldn’t visit Hobby Lobby without finding out what special offers they had going on. One of the first displays I came across promoted the “Get It For $5” sale. Various craft supplies like ribbon, little wooden boxes, floral stems, paint brushes and more were marked down to just $5 each.

This looked like the perfect time to stock up on small items to embellish future projects. I also found aisles of scrapbooking items at 50% off regular prices. So many great deals to choose from!

At the checkout counter, I spotted a coupon for 40% off any regular priced item. Pretty nice savings if you don’t manage to make it in for one of the weekly sales. Pittsburgh Hobby Lobby definitely delivers when it comes to craft supply bargains.

Ordering Online with In-Store Pickup

In my research prior to visiting, I had checked out the Hobby Lobby website and was pleased to see that they offer online ordering with in-store pickup. This is really convenient if you know exactly what project supplies or materials you need.

You can place the order online and then swing by the Pittsburgh Hobby Lobby location of your choice to retrieve it. No need to wander around looking for specific items. The website makes it easy to search for products and check inventory at each local store. Definitely a handy option!

Finding Specialty Craft Supplies

While Hobby Lobby has all the basics covered for any craft project, I was impressed by some of the more unique specialty supplies available at the Pittsburgh stores. They have a huge assortment of faux flowers, greenery and floral picks perfect for creating realistic wreaths and arrangements.

I found aisles of glitter, feathers, and colorful textiles I can’t wait to incorporate into some mixed media art. The Christmas decor area was fully stocked with gorgeous glass ornament kits and embellishments for DIY holiday crafts. No matter what your crafting style, you’re sure to find inspiration.

Custom Framing Services

In addition to arts and crafts materials, the Pittsburgh Hobby Lobby locations also offer custom framing services. I watched one of the framers meticulously fitting a poster into a frame for a customer.

You can bring in any artwork, prints, photos, needlework or documents and have them professionally framed. Choose from different frame styles, mat colors, glass options and finishing touches. It’s perfect for preserving treasured memories or showcasing your crafty creations.

Avoiding Crowds and Finding Parking

Since I was visiting Hobby Lobby midweek in the afternoon, the store wasn’t too crowded and I found a parking spot right away. But good to know that weekends, especially Saturdays, are their busiest times.

Holiday weekends and days leading up to events like Mother’s Day or Christmas will also draw bigger crowds. If you want to avoid crowds, the best time to visit Hobby Lobby in Pittsburgh is a weekday morning.

The store parking lots are pretty sizable, so you should be able to find parking even during peak times. But it pays to go earlier in the day before spots start filling up. The West Mifflin mall location probably sees the most traffic, so keep that in mind.

Job Openings at Hobby Lobby

While browsing the store, I found myself daydreaming about working surrounded by craft supplies every day! I figured Pittsburgh Hobby Lobby stores must be a fun place to work.

I searched online and found they actually have quite a few openings right now including Store Managers, Sales Associates, Cashiers, Framers and more. Seems like a unique environment for those looking for retail jobs with a creative twist!

Returns, Home Decor and More

What if I get home with my Hobby Lobby haul and realize I purchased the wrong supplies? No worries, because they have a 90-day return policy on most items, even if opened. Just make sure you have your receipt and original packaging.

On my way out, I took a quick stroll through the home decor section filled with everything from wall art and mirrors to pillows and lamps. I’ll have to come back once I have a new project ready to display.

I also spotted holiday decorations already on display, even though it was only August! Guess it’s never too early to start preparing for Christmas at Hobby Lobby.

Discounts for Educators and Non-Profits

One policy I absolutely love is that Hobby Lobby offers a 10% discount to educators. As a former teacher, I think it’s fabulous they want to help classroom teachers stock up on supplies for their students. Homeschool parents can also take advantage of the teacher discount in Pittsburgh.

Hobby Lobby also gives back to the community by providing discounts for non-profit organizations. Qualified groups can get a 10% discount on purchases with the proper documentation. It’s great to see them supporting local causes.

Contacting Customer Service

While I didn’t need to reach out to customer service during this initial visit, it’s always helpful to know how to get support. For any questions or issues at the Pittsburgh Hobby Lobby locations, you can contact an associate at the store or call 1-800-888-0321.

You can also reach their Customer Service Department via email or old-school paper mail if needed. Hopefully I won’t have any problems on future shopping trips, but nice to have the contact info handy!

Community Involvement

In my research before visiting, I learned that Hobby Lobby prides itself on giving back and community outreach. For example, the corporate office partners with charitable groups like Operation Christmas Child.

Local stores can also get involved in community initiatives. I’ll have to keep an eye out for any special events or causes the Pittsburgh Hobby Lobby locations support. With three stores in the area, seems they have a great opportunity to make an impact!

COVID-19 Safety Measures

With the pandemic still ongoing, I was curious what safety precautions Hobby Lobby has implemented. From what I observed, they have several good practices in place. All employees wear masks, sneeze guards are set up at checkout counters, high-touch surfaces were cleaned frequently and social distancing is encouraged with floor decals.

It was also nice to see hand sanitizer stations positioned around the store for customer use. The Pittsburgh Hobby Lobby stores seem to be making safety for shoppers a priority during COVID-19. This definitely puts customers like me at ease.

Fabric and Sewing Supplies

In my craft supply bliss, I almost overlooked the fact that Hobby Lobby has an entire section dedicated to fabrics! Here you can find cotton prints, fleece, home dec fabrics, quilting materials and more.

I saw some super cute $4.99/yard cotton prints that would make adorable quillows (quilt+pillow combos). The Robinson store even had a huge 40-50% off cut fabric sale – hello, stocking up time!

Beyond fabric, Hobby Lobby has all the sewing notions you could need including needles, patterns, thread, pins, irons and sewing machines. Time to dust off my own machine and get creating!

Reviews of the Pittsburgh Locations

Curious what other crafters had to say, I skimmed through reviews online specific to Hobby Lobby’s three Pittsburgh stores. The overall consensus seems to be that customers are pleased with the selection, prices and service.

A few reviewers said the Robinson location seems to be the newest and has more open space. The West Mifflin store in the mall can apparently feel a bit cramped. But all the locations earned solid 4+ star ratings, so local crafters approve!

The Verdict: Hobby Heaven

After my inaugural shopping trip to Hobby Lobby here in Pittsburgh, I’m happy to report it totally lived up to my expectations. The stores have every craft supply imaginable at affordable prices. There are always great sales and coupons to take advantage of too.

The staff was friendly, and I love that they offer classes to help me learn new hobbies. I’ll definitely be a regular customer stocking up on all kinds of DIY project essentials. Pittsburgh crafters, get yourself to Hobby Lobby stat – your craft room is begging for a makeover!

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